Summer Term 2018 (Second half)
It has been an amazing week at Waverley. A fantastic set of SATs results for Year 6 with significant positive improvements in attainment and terrific progress scores from the last data capture point when the children were in Year 2. Not to be out done our Year 2, Phonic Results for Year 1, and Good Level of Development for our Reception children were also great. For our headline data information please click on the Key Information section of the website and the click on the School Performance Data tab.
Also this week Year 1 went on their Great Exhibition of the North Trip. The new Nursery intake for September 2018 had their first come and play session. Finally we had the 'Greatest Show on Earth' - the Year 6 leavers performance (for photos see the Latest News section of the website). Thank you to all of the children including the Year 5 and Jen from Tardis Education for music and technical support. Brilliant!
I was delighted to join Year 5 in the Banqueting Hall of the Civic Centre as we were invited and returned to sing for the Citizenship Ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor. The children were as nervous as the 15 citizens from around the world who were pledging their allegiance to Great Britain and the Queen in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. The children sang a Beatles medley at the start and ended with A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman. The children received rapturous applause and were highly praised by all for their contribution. An official photograph has been taken with the Lord Mayor which we will release when we receive it. Well Done Year 5.
Some fantastic writing from Reception class this week about the Circus. An interesting trip to the Great Exhibition for Year 6 followed by a play in the park.
This week has been truly amazing thank you to the team who joined me at the Isle of Wight and the team who stayed behind ensuring all ran smoothly at school. Please see the latest news section for a daily account of our trip and the beautiful photos.
Year 2 had a great time on their Heritage Trail trip around Newcastle, finishing with a visit to the Angel of the North. Don't forget the Great Exhibition of the North launches this weekend with fireworks on the Quayside on Friday. Year 1,3,4,5,6 all have workshops booked at the museums. We are really excited about seeing 'The Rocket' and the new water scultpure installed on the River Tyne just in front of the Sage. Mrs Sample will be running school with the team next week whilst I am with Year 6 in the Isle of Wight.
All of the children in Year 1 have worked extremely hard this week as they completed their phonic reading test. There were some tricky words to read this year, the children gave it their best. The pass threshold will be published in a few weeks. Most importantly it is to foster a love of reading and a desire to be able to read. Tests come and go but the memory of a great book does not at Waverley we continue to broaden the range of reading materials we have. In September we look forward to inviting you to view our Learning Resource Centre which will be a combination of computers for research and a non-fiction library / research section with comfy seating conducive to work. It is going to be a busy 6 week Summer again to be ready! On Friday 6 children form upper school were invited to Milecastle Primary as part of our continued work within the Outer West Learning Trust which was launched over 4 years ago. The focus was on technology and the workshop for the day was ran by GEMS. Feedback from all of the children who took part has been positive.
It is hard to believe we have completed week one already and only have 6 more until the Summer, we have so much to fit in! This week Captain Raggy Beard joined Year 1 to launch their seaside, Katie Morag topic. Year 3 have completed some amazing holiday homework projects. Reception class have made fantastic improvements with their throwing and catching skills with Premier Sports. We have some children who outside of school remain dedicated to their sport, well done Elisabeth fingers crossed for a place on Newcastle team this time around. Lockers have arrived for Year 4. Nursery had a bounceathon with the music playing and bouncy castle. We held our Year 6 Isle of Wight meeting for our 4 day residential. Continuing our modernisation and updates of school we released information regarding a new school jumper/cardigan for September and had a new more secure entry system installed. Once again I have had lots of children bringing me amazing work. Thank you to everyone for the positive supportive messages.(Photos to follow)
Summer Term 2018 (First half)
Following on from SATs last week for Year 6 our Year 2 children have also worked extremely hard to complete their tests to the best of their ability this week. As an end of week treat the children were allowed to bring a toy in and they enjoyed juice and biscuits. Well deserved Year 2. On Friday 'Captain Raggy Beard' came to school and led Reception children in a variety of fun filled activities. There were some fantastic costumes and they treat the school to their pirate cheer in our achiever assembly. A small group of our Year 3 and 4 children went to sing a selection of their VE day assembly songs at Southwark Court old peoples home in Fenham on Tuesday. This was due to both parents and grandparents seeing this assembly at school and discussing it with colleagues. Since this visit I have received a lovely email from the manager thanking the children for how happy it made the pensioners. I know this will be the beginning of future links with the home. Around school I have seen some amazing number formation work from Nursery children thanks to our new Ten Town initiative, the progress has surpassed our own expectations. Miss Moles class completed some moving poems about the precious things they would have in their special box, I have talked about this in a previous blog but it was lovely to see the boxes that they had made with photographs, footballs and unicorns to name a few items. School opens after half term on Monday 4th June for the children. Enjoy the week.
Today has been an amazing end to a busy week in school and I would like to thank all of you who attended our red, white and blue picnic. The whole school staff and children have been so respectful of Year 6 who completed their SATs tests under rigorous conditions this week and it was thanks to Warburtons for keeping them supplied with nutella toasted crumpets. Year 2 have been busy making their 'owl' sandwiches for the character of Plop from the Owl who was afraid of the dark. A final mention goes to the Year 1 and 2 curling team who came second in the outer west competition this afternoon (straight after the picnic). Is there ever a quiet week at Waverley? For pictures of all the events this week please go to the latest news section of the school website. Enjoy the wedding and the sunshine everyone.
Year 1 chidlren have been to Safety Works this week and when they returned on Friday I got to hear all about it as I am sure you all have at home. From 'Stop, drop and roll' if clothing catches fire to learning about safety at a Metro station to the Green Cross Code. Safety Works is ran by professionals across a range of services and each large room within the complex is mocked up (a bit like a film set) so that children feel they are there. The children could not wait to show me their stickers that they achieved and they all said they had a great time. Year 6 have been showing me their writing this week based around the book 'Wonder' with many of the children happy at the progress they have made individually. Mrs Sample and I observed some emotive English work about what children would put in a special box with happy memories of time with Nanna bringing a lump to all our throats. Next week we have SATs for Year 6 and I would like to thank Warburtons bakers for donating breakfast products to the school to keep Year 6 fuelled up. The children and staff have worked intensively all year and whatever the children achieve they could not have given anymore. In other news Mrs Selkirk returns to work full time next week following her phased return back to school, we are all relieved at how well she is now. We end next week with our 'Red, White and Blue' picnic for a bit of light relief after such an intense week. See you there. I hope Nursery make some more of that yummy pizza that we all had last week!
Children of all ages across school have been working together, helping to tidy and organise the school planters. Thanks to Julie for the donation of bunting, windmills and seeds to get us off to a pretty start. On Wednesday some of you may have heard a bell ringing in the Lemington area, this was part of a welcome from the local community to Father Neil Heslop the new priest at Holy Saviour Sugley. Mrs Sample, Mrs Tinning and I represented Waverley at this event. Since then Father Neil has visited school and met each class. We look forward to working together over the coming months and years. My earlier blogs have talked about the 'Doomspell' English work the Year 4 children completed and their subsequent author visit. During the last holiday many of the children completed holiday project work which has been displayed in school. Having sent photos to Mr McNish (author of Doomspell) he has requested their work for his London office. Well done Year 4.
Today I joined Year 3 and 4 on the third day of their residential trip to Broomley Grange. Trips for most children are fun but a residential is more than this. Residentials mean we can create both lasting memories and diverse experiences that enhance learning through adventures. As well as the health and physical benefits residentials can have a positive effect on emotional well being with self-esteem, confidence and resilience through activities that can challenge fear and bring elation on completion. The importance of allowing children to explore a new environment, take responsibility for themselves with minimal obvious adult direction is significant. Many of the children will have learnt so much more about themselves and their class peers, some will have formed new friendships or widenend the friendship groups that they have through a shared experience. Well Done to you all. For my pictures from today see the Latest News section of the website.
Many children have been busy over the Easter holiday with school work. Year 4 have completed some amazing projects as they conclude their 'Doomspell' work. It is amazing to see their interpretation of various aspects of the book. You are welcome to have a look they are displayed on the corridor leading to the gym. Many year 6 children kept their brains buzzing in preparation for their SATs tests with lots of raffle tickets being awarded. It was lovely to see so many children enjoy the Easter Disco the atmosphere was super and we had lots of fun. On Friday morning the children who have achieved 100% attendance since September to Easter enjoyed a magic show and games with Parties R Us. Week 2 is the Broomley Grange trip and we will try to keep you updated through the latest news section of the website and via text.
Spring Term 2018 (Second half)
Week 6 and 7
The final two weeks of this half term were extremely busy and we are grateful as always to the huge support we have from parents. One of the highlights to this half term had to be the Year 3 and 4 VE Day Assembly and Street Party. The songs had us laughing and crying, the costumes were outstanding and the children had worked hard to learn their lines. It was such an amazing turn out from families with lots of grandparetns joining us, whilst converting from an assembly to a street party during a refreshment break was not without challenge, everyone showed true community spirit and helped us turn it around. We were so grateful for the food contributions from everyone including parents, Tesco and Dickinson Pies. This event was one which each child will remember well into their future.
In summary for sport we had a fencing tournament and came second, a dodgeball tournament and came fourth and it was the final set of matches for the 2017/18 season for our football team where we came joint third with Westerhope school. Year 4 were visited by the author Cliff McNish who they first began communicating with when they read his book 'Doomspell'. It was so exciting to have answered all of the questions they had about both Doomspell and 'The Scent of Magic' which was book two from this trilogy. Mr McNish led the children on a fantasy writing workshop, read extracts from his book and answered questions to name just a few activities completed that day. In Year 6 our children completed the book 'Wonder' just in time for the DVD release and as a last day treat they watched the film. I read the book over the Easter weekend and cried from Chapter 1 onwards - it was totally brilliant. The Easter egg competition is another highlight in the school calendar I love to see all of the amazing ideas the children come up with - thank goodness I don't have to decide on the winners from each year group. This year that role fell to Mr McNish and Mrs Redhead. Thank you to everyone who attended parents consultation, if you missed it please contact the class teacher.
Finally I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Sample and Mrs Selkirk will be back after Easter on phased returns from their surgery. Summer Term is set to be busy with SATs for Year 6 and Year 2, Phonic Reading Tests for Year 1, Swimming lessons for Year 4, Tag Rugby for Year 3, Broomly Grange for Year 3 and the Isle of Wight for Year 6 and the Great Exhibition of the North for the Whole School. We still have a small number of places available in our Rising 3 and Nursery for September 2018, for further information speak to the office or contact email@example.com
You may have read on Chronicle Live regarding a bomb hoax to Newcastle Schools today. Waverley followed Police / LA advice. All is well at school and there is no need to panic, we continue the day as normal.
It has been another busy week for events at Waverley. Our Year 5 children have visited Sunderland Winter Gardens as part of their Rainforest work and prior to their visit the children shared some great sketches of rainforest animals. As always I have huge numbers of children coming to show me their fantastic achievements in and out of school. Photos will appear later as I am having some technical problems with my I-Pad. Today lots of Year 1 and 2 parents came and read with their children. Tomorrow it is the turn of Reception and there will be an opportunity to see Read, Write, Inc in action. Mrs Selkirk has had her spinal surgery and has begun her recovery. In the absence of both Mrs Sample and Mrs Selkirk please see the class teacher in the first instance or check my diary with the office. Sadly our football matches were cancelled tonight and we hope these fixtures will be re-arranged by the end of March. A reminder if you haven't yet done so please book an appointment to see your childs class teacher in the final week of this term. Tomorrow we have an OWL Trust fencing competition and we have a number of sporting Trust events coming up. Coming up we have the Year 3 and 4 VE assembly and street party to bring an end to their World War 2 topic. New things to look out for - we will be launching a new weekly bulletin for parents which will come out by email in a further attempt to improve communication from school to home. I am currently re-writing our school dinner menus in collaboration with the school cook and dinner ladies before I meet with the Local Authority to negotiate getting our children their meals of choice, I shall keep you updated on this. Fingers crossed the 'Beast from the East' part 2 passes through quickly this weekend.
WEEK 3 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL OPEN ON MONDAY 5TH MARCH
WEEK 2 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON FRIDAY 2ND MARCH
WEEK 2 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
WEEK 2 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY TODAY WEDNESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
Week 2 - SCHOOL OPEN 27.2.18
Welcome back we hope you all had a nice half term break. School was busy as usual with workmen and we have had all water heater boilers and taps changed in classrooms and the KS2 girls toilets meaning we can all have hot water when we wash our hands now. We continue to liaise with the city regarding the school central heating system, this is a big job and we have everything crossed it will go ahead in the Summer holidays. Our computer systems have been further security upgraded. We have a busy half term coming up with parental events. exciting learning opportunities for the children and ending with parents consultation. Other school updates include the absence of Mrs Selkirk as she awaits surgery in the next 2 weeks and the recuperation of Mrs Sample following surgery. Whilst I remain trying to fit in with parent need at this time may I remind you that the class teacher is also available if there is anything you need to discuss. The office may request further information from you in order to direct you to the right member of staff for this next half term. Many of you have been concerned regarding attendance letters received and holiday being unauthorised as an OWL Trust group of schools we have worked together on this issue, since 2012 Waverley has not authorised holiday for pupils and this was in line with Government guidance from 2006 which was amended in 2012. Next week we have 'Come and Read' sessions for Reception, Year 1 and 2 this is an opportunity to read in school with your child as part of Book Week and a chance to hear about class work including our new spelling system and Read, Write, Inc for those less familiar with this approach. Invention designs for the Great Exhibition of the North have been coming in rapidly and a reminder this closes on March 16th. I have had a revolving door of visitors this week from an Eiffel Tower made from Jigsaw pieces to a Brownie badge, to a fantastic and hilarious story about 'Uncle Awesome', lots of story writing with a twist from the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs to the Queen of the Kingdom, as well as a workbook of English, Maths and Art from Molly (all completed at home). In school I had counting in two's from a Reception pupil, Fraction work from Year 2 and maths in our new maths workbooks, and a scripted interview from Year 3 between a police officer and an eye witness.
Spring Term 2018 (First Half)
Our Year 3 and 4 children and staff represented the school fantastically well on their visit to Eden Camp in North Yorkshire, despite freezing cold snowy conditions. The children have shared their favourite experiences from the visit with me. We are all grateful to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Waverley who helped subsidise the cost of this trip. Coaches being the biggest expense. This visit prepared them well for a visit by Ron a war time evacuee who had many interesting stories to share and who took delight in the huge number of questions he was asked.
If you haven't heard The Great Exhibition of the North is coming to Newcastle from June to September. This is a once in a lifetime experience and the theme is innovation. There will be lots happening in the city centre and on the Quayside during this time and Waverley like many schools in the city will be part of it. This week in assembly I launched the Little Inventors competition which closes in March (16th). The 5 winning entries will actually be made. All other entries will form part of a power point presentation which will run in one of the museums. Entries can be uploaded straight from tablets, alternatively you can take a picture of your drawn entry and upload or you can draw it on paper first. Entries can be brought into school for us to upload if anyone has technical difficulties. The theme is 2030 and what the world will be like then. What will we wear, do for fun, how will we travel? The children struggled with the idea of a black and white television with no remote control and even worse no mobile phones!
Mrs Sample continues to make steady progress with her recovery from surgery and as I type this blog I await an update on Mrs Selkirk who was to have spinal surgery at February half term and whether this will go ahead or be postponed due to other NHS needs. I will update you all when I know more. However, all of her work and caseloads were handed across to myself and Miss Broderick just in case.
Mrs Sample popped in over lunch time on Tuesday to see the staff and year 6 children, she is not allowed to drive at the moment and continues to recuperate. It was lovely to see her at February half term Mrs Selkirk will have spinal surgery and there will be more regarding this and how her work will be managed in a newsletter next week. World, War 2, The Three Little Pigs, Fantasy writing, Nursery letter formation homework and the start of a campaign that I will be launching with the children next week. It is always busy.
The pantomime came to Waverley on Friday afternoon for a production of Robin Hood. The children had a fantastic time. There has been a range of great work across the school and Year 4 in particular are loving reading Doomspell. There has been some super writing as a result. In year 5 there has been poetry rehearsal and performance about a Tiger. Up in year 6 they have been reading Wonder and working on scripts. The Chinese Fortune Teller who visited from Year 4 had positive up beat messages to share.
Andy Murray may have been out of action but our own Waverley tennis star has continued her rise through the ranks with more medals to add to the Blue Peter Badge for Sport. We would love the character below to be our new Waverley mascot it is hard to believe it is made from a Waverley jumper, amazing!
It has been exciting seeing school return to normal with the Gym now back in use. PE lessons can run as normal and our after school clubs can begin again. This week our new Performing Arts Club got off to a super start. It has been in such demand that we are extending this club into a Friday after school and letters have been handed out to include Year 3 and 4. Up in Year 3 and 4 the History topic is well under way in preparation for an exciting trip to Eden Camp. One of our Year 4 pupils brought in the most amazing original artefacts which had belonged to her great granddad. We were all in awe of the hand drawing on how to load the tank gun. It was poignant to read the haunting words of 'don't get killed, don't kill anyone'. Also this week a group of our Year 6 children took part in a 'City of Dreams' workshop. Together they worked with all of our OWL Trust schools to help shape future work with the Sage, Theatre Royal and schools over the next 10 years. There was much excitement up in Year 6 with the arrival of lockers - very grown up. A reminder that if school is closed due to extreme weather then parents would be informed by the school text alert system, a notice would be placed on the website under latest news and my blog page and on the school calendar, the council would also ensure local media were informed using schools secure passwords.
Happy New Year. School re-opens to the children for lessons as usual on Monday 8th January 2018.
Further updates, Mrs Sample has undergone surgery in the Christmas holidays, this has gone well and to plan she is home, resting and beginning her recovery. There will be no sports club next week the 8th - 12th January whilst the flooring is re-laid in the gym. We have spaces available in our delightful Rising 3 class which is open Monday to Friday 8.55 to 12, please see Mrs Douse if you are interested in a place. Mrs Brickwood welcomes visits from younger children and parents before they begin to help them settle in.
Autumn Term 2017 (Second Half)
It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents join us for both out Key Stage 1 Christmas Craft event and our Christmas Carol Service at Sugley Church. Thank you to the Choir, readers and my two technicians you all did a great job. My thanks must also go to the catering staff in the kitchen who dished up a delicious Christmas dinner for the children and provided a range of festively decorated biscuits for those who did not want Christmas pudding.
This week we had our final visit for the term from the Local Authority, this remains positive and forward moving. Many of you have commented positively on some of the changes such as our move to single year groups, we will endeavour to maintain this. We currently have a vacancy for a parent Governor, this is a voluntary, unpaid role and there is a minimum requirement of attending one evening meeting a term, please speak to Angela Tinning (Chair of Governors) if you are interested. It was another super turn out from parents and grandparents for the Key Stage 2 Christmas Craft event. The school community events have been popular this term and we will aim to continue events through Spring term. Thank you to Mrs Lamb for her talk to classes in school on hand washing as a practicing nurse she gave her time voluntarily to school. Help us to stamp out any sickness bugs by adhering to the 48 hour rule following the last bout of sickness.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us in Early Years today for our Christmas Craft event. There was a huge range of activities for everyone to join in with. It was wonderful to see so many Christmas jumpers and happy faces. Pipe work is now complete and we await the trenches in the Gym to be filled and flooring re-laid. As in my previous letter we will aim to have a magician or pantomime in school in the Early Spring. We shall also aim to hold some 'special' assemblies for parents during the Spring term. Church and craft events will continue to take place. Parties will depend on work completion and I shall up date everyone next week. Can I remind everyone that Novo virus has swept through both children and staff. Children should be kept off school for 48 hours from the last time they were unwell.
Week 4 and 5
I hope you all had the opportunity to see my letter regarding Nativity performances. I have had to make the decision to cancel performances which were due to be held in school due to the Gym being out of use whilst the floor has been lifted to try and trace a significant leak which is impacting on heating loss and other complications within school. Every pupil will receive a selection box treat and we will have other treats for everyone in the Spring Term. Congratulations to one of our pupils who triumphed in her Irish dancing at the weekend with a number of jigs and reel performances. We continue to work alongside Valour teaching school alliance and the Year 1 class were treat to a fantastic 'Snowman and Snowdog' Talk for Writing session. Year 4 have been working hard on their six times table. Keep up the good work everyone.
It was lovely to see so many of you join us in school for our creative craft event. As a staff we were overwhelmed by the support you gave to this event. There were so many amazing T. Shirts painted on the day. A collection of photos will be placed on the Latest News section of the school website and a display will be in the school corridor, we look forward to opening the doors again for future events. All of the children looked super for Children in Need on Friday, more photos also on the latest news section of the website.
It has been another busy week at Waverley. It has been Book Fair all week, Year 5 and 6 have been to Darlington Railway Museum and we have had school photographs. I have had lots of visitors to my office from year 4 poetry, year 3 dialogue writing for Beowulf, year 5 fronted adverbials to an amazing writing effort from a nursery pupil to a first ever trampoline competition trophy. Well done everyone. Next week it is our family craft event on Wednesday 15th from 2pm. Don't worry if you have more than one child in school we have a number of areas where you can complete the craft activity together as a family. On Friday 17th it is Children in Need day with a 'Do your thing' theme, the children can wear non-uniform for a £1 donation to the charity. See you Wednesday!
It has been a fantastic week at Waverley. It began with Early Years having their own Halloween Fancy Dress Day (see photos on class pages) followed by the Halloween Disco for the rest of school, as usual the costumes and make-up were truly amazing! (See pictures on Latest News section of the website). There has been some fantastic work as usual and the children have quickly settled into their year group classes. I have had lots of visitors with fantastic maths work. On Thursday night I was proud to support our Waverley football team in the Duffy League Newcastle school cup. We lost the first game to Hilton but won the second game against St. Marks with some super goals from Ethan and Kyle, it was Kit-Kats and Juice as our after match treat, we currently remain 3rd in the League on 9 points with the leaders on 12, next matches are in 2018. On Friday I had a real treat when I joined Year 5 and 6 for their Dragons Den inspired homework presentations. I was amazed by the many fantastic ideas from the 'Day to Night' shoe, 'Born Ready' pyjamas to the SSVH safety driving hat and for those of you who are particularly scared of spiders calling in 'SCS' will be a must! Thank you children and parents, (see latest news and class pages for the pictures). This week school attendance has hit National Average and we had our first half termly prize draw there were two £5 Intu vouchers up for grabs for the children and a 'family hamper courtesy of Vision for Education - see the photos below for winners. Next week a reminder that Year 5 and 6 are visiting Darlington Railway Museum on Tuesday and children are allowed to arrive at school from 8.30 to be registered so that they are away from school promptly for the trip. Also on Wednesday it is school photograph day (children individually and with siblings who are in school). Our annual Book Fair will also be taking place every night after school, so as usual it is another busy week.
Autumn Term 2017 (First Half)
Thank you to so many of you who attended Parents Evening this week. We are busy collating the responses from the Parent View Questionnaire and will share the outcome of this next half term. A reminder that Monday 30th is a Training Day and we will see everyone on October 31st. Reception can come to school wearing their Halloween costume for a day of spooky fun in Early Years. The rest of school it will be uniform as normal and costumes galore in the evening for our Halloween Disco night. I heard some great poem raps from Year 6 this week which we then shared with the whole school. I particularly loved the beat boxing, 'Brothers' and 'Who do you want to be?', I noticed Head teacher wasn't on the list of jobs!
Hopefully tonight the children will have come home from school full of excitement about our new 'Attendance Heroes' initiative. This is a reward system for children who attend school daily and on time. On a weekly basis children who attend school daily and on time will be allowed to select a treat at the end of the week from Mrs Leeming's attendance hero shop, for example key rings and slime. Children who attend school on time and daily for a full half term will get to select a treat from the next shop level, for example a Fidget spinner, Squashems, Hatchimal collectable. At the end of a term children who attend school daily and arrive on time will receive a final treat, for example a trip to the cinema. Finally any children who achieve a full year of 100% attendance and on time (this was 36 children last year) they will receive an extra special trip, for example Beamish Museum. We aren't forgetting parents either and 'Vision' for Education supply teaching agency will be providing half termly hamper wins for parents drawn from the hat and a termly voucher for parents also drawn from the hat. There will also be a reward from Vision for the pupil with the most improved attendance. Finally at the end of the academic year there will be a prize draw between schools in the city with Vision to win a prize such as an I-pad mini. We are starting this week for the weekly prizes and will back date to September any for the first half term. Thank you to the Year 5 and 6 school councillors who helped with picking what the first layer of shop treats will be. Get those alarm clocks ready.
Other news. This week we have had a very exciting maths event for children in KS2 where they had to solve the mathematical problems and win crystals, everyone had a fantastic time and the photos will be going onto the Latest News section of the school website. This afternoon Mrs Sample and I popped down to Sugley Church to display the 'Autumn Thoughts' creation for Sugley Church flower festival. The Church is open all weekend and some children will be visiting Church early next week. Whilst England and Slovenia play football this evening my thoughts have been with the Waverley football team who had their first games of the season at Walbottle Campus as part of the Duffy League Football competition. I can't wait to hear how they got on in the morning.
It is always exciting to hear about what the children are doing outside of school and our Monday assembly was filled with football, dance and swimming awards. We were very excited to hear about two of our children getting to meet Tim Peake the astronaut, back on planet Waverley our new school councillors were given their badges and have taken on their new role with plenty of ideas for all of the children. Our garden has harvested some bumper vegetables this year and I would like to thank the parents who helped Mr Roberts and the children on a Monday lunch time, our cook is running out of ideas for marrows. It was great to see so many of you signing up and joining Mrs Douse and Mr Lamb for the first Friends of Waverly meeting. Many of the Year 6 children have been telling me about their visit to Walbottle Campus for their open evening and how much they enjoyed the visit. Some great work from Mr Roberts class this week linked to their text 'Stig of the Dump'. We have lots happening next week but I shall not spoil the fun...
Shiver me timbers, it was talk like a pirate day in school on Tuesday and there was plenty of fun to be seen around school. Mrs Miller did a super job of organising this day for everyone. I was sad to be out of school as I had been polishing up my best pirate phrases.
This week children in each class have been discussing with their peers why they would like to be a school councillor. On Thursday we will be announcing who has been voted into these roles so that their work can begin. On Tuesday our Ofsted report was published and there is both a letter and a link on the Ofsted page of the school website, there is an opportunity on Thursday and again in a couple of weeks time to chat with us about this (see Calendar page of website). It will soon be time for Year 6 parents to apply to a secondary school for their child and there are a number of open events at many of our feeder schools (see Calendar page of website).
Welcome back. It has been lovely catching up with all of the children this week. On Tuesday I visited every class to welcome all the children and to see them in their new classroom with their new teachers. The children looked so smart in their uniforms and there was a lot of excited chatter as we all caught up on each others holiday news. It was nice to see some new children join our school and as always how quickly they have settled and made friends. Over the Summer our school garden has been in full bloom and our sunflowers have grown to a huge height. We have grown a giant marrow which would surely win a prize at an allotment show. Already I have been visited by a number of children to see their early writing efforts in their new year group.
As always we have lots of exciting events planned across the year. For parents of Year 5 and 6 children many of our feeder secondary schools are hosting open events in September so please check the calendar page.
Welcome everyone to our new look website and school logo. Why change? After six years our previous website was not keeping pace with technological advancement. Now when loading our website on phones and tablets it should fill the whole page, so no need to take time magnifying everything. As for the logo, much of our printed materials had the original gold leaf logo. A photograph had been taken of a school jumper and this was the logo used (you could even see the stitching when looking at it on banners). The Waverley staff hope you like the family friendly feel of this logo with our traditional maple leaf remaining.
Summer Term Second Half
Finally the sun is shining and our Waverley garden team have had the opportunity to harvest some of their crops. There has been some fantastic homework from Year 3 and 4 this week which I would like to display. It is Prom night on Wednesday evening for Year 6 (photos to appear on latest news). Thanks to the children, parents and staff for an amazing year packed with fantastic opportunities. Good luck to the Year 6 children who are moving on to a large number of secondary schools and to those children who are moving on to new Primary schools, Thanks to the many temporary support staff and Miss Hands who will be leaving us at the end of this week and finally to Mrs Dalkin who began at Waverley as my job share partner seven years ago and who is moving on to pastures new. Good Luck and many thanks to you all for the commitment and dedication you have given to Waverley.
It was another busy week at Waverley and a week to be proud of the children as they represented the school at so many events. On Tuesday afternoon some of our Year 3 and 4 children sang at the Civic Centre as part of the British Citizenship Ceremony. The staff found it a moving and humbling experience. Next on Wednesday afternoon our Year 4 children took part in a Rugby tournament linked to the 'Sky Try' Rugby that Mr Brown has been delivering as part of the Waverley PE curriculum on a Friday afternoon. The children won 5 out of 7 matches and drew the other 2 matches - a fantastic result. The children were a credit to the school and behaviour was impeccable. Photos on Mrs McGovern's web page. Finally our Year 5 and 6 children performed 'The Jungle Book' to their parents and a host of visitors from within the Waverley community. The children worked with staff to produce the amazing scenery, some of the children choreographed dance routines and ad-libbed their lines. Photos will be placed on latest news. Fantastic fun at Waverley.
Week 5 - Waverely Primary School will be inspected by Ofsted on Thursday 6th July. There is a survey open to parents and pupils follow Ofsted link on school website.
This week our Upper Key Stage 2 children are focused on their big end of year production 'The Jungle Book' Everyone is pulling together from singing to dance routines to props and art work, thank goodness for our work experience students from Walbottle, Sacred Heart and Studio West. School remains a hive of activity as always. Some super work this week already.
Many of you will be aware that I spent last week at the Isle of Wight with thirty of our Year 6 children. Despite appalling weather the children were in great spirits, they never complained once and staff received regular complements about the children both from staff at the places we visited and members of the public. This was such an exciting trip we had a long coach journey, followed by our ferry crossing. The children loved getting their own chalet and couldn't wait to unpack. It is impossible for me to share the many memories we created together and the latest news section of the website will have a more detailed account of each day. We did fossil hunting with a palaeontologist, rode the roller-coaster at Blackgang and the chairlift at Alum Bay, we had a swimming pool night and a last night disco, we had an educational workshop at Osborne House. Children and staff you were fantastic, thank you for the most incredible trip I have experienced in 21 years of teaching.
It has been a week of achievements at Waverley from Rugby trophies to River Tyne Acrostic Poems to French Shopping Lists for a school picnic to sci-fi spaceships. Our Read, Write, Inc Programme continues to show success with some delightful reading from a Reception pupil. Well Done all of you and a final congratulations to Miss Broderick who was awarded her NPQML qualification at a ceremony on Wednesday evening. Finally to Mr Noble who achieved his teaching standards.
Thank you to all of the Parents who attended the Kidscape Bullying workshop this week. I hope you found it useful, further information is available on the school or Kidscape website and I look forward to continuing our work with this group over the next twelve months. Our Year 1 children have been working hard on the Phonic reading test today and these will continue this week. It was round 2 for the Year 6 Leavers photo and this time I have been assured we have the one. We had plenty of laughs and carrying on yet again. I can't wait to see the finished article. Cookery Club was fun this week. Take a group of girls, give the same ingredients and instructions and get completely different outcomes (see below).
Welcome back everyone. On Tuesday the exciting plans for the Year 6 trip at the end of June to the Isle of Wight was shared with parents. This trip is crammed full of fantastic educational experiences for the children and we all can't wait to go. On Wednesday our Nursery was closed for the day so we could meet the children and parents who will be joining us in September. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet some new friends and also to see which friends would be joining their class from the various child care providers near by. Higher up school our Year 5 and 6 children took part in workshops with the NSPCC and the first ever cookery club began, with us all covered in icing sugar amidst lots of laughing. We are delighted to be running 'Sky try' Rugby League in conjunction with Newcastle Falcons and our Year 4 children were the first to give this a go on Friday. I hope many of you can make the anti-bullying workshop on Monday 12th June at 2pm with the charity Kidscape. Bullying and supporting your child through friendship fall outs are amongst the topics covered. We will be meeting in the Gym. See you there all welcome.
Summer Term First Half
Another busy week at Waverley. We had an informative assembly from the NSPCC as part of their 'Speak Out, Stay Safe' assembly. In KS1 (years 1 and 2) they had a scooter treat. On Friday we had our free day of Sport from Premier Sport. If you remember we won this back in Autumn term for the most Golden Miles ran by the school over a 4 week period in competition with our OWL partner schools. Year 3,4,5 and 6 did Archery and Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 had a turn at Curling. Visitors from around school to my office this week have included Nursery children who are recognising letter sounds from our newly introduced Read, Write, Inc. Reception children who have been working hard on their fine motor letter writing. A year 2 pupil who made a very creative sandwich, some amazing watercolour art from year 5 girls and a totally brilliant piece of creative sci-fi writing from a year 6 pupil. Thank you children, parents and staff for all of the hard work which makes Waverley such a great place to be.
A big dip in attendance right back down to 94% despite some fantastic events for the children this week. Monday began with the traditional year 6 ice cream van visit. I would like to thank Vision supply teacher agency for this treat for the children. Around school it remained busy I have observed Mrs Sample's class performing a 'Haka' as part of their PE, there were some very scary expressions. Mr Garrod's class had appealed to both myself and Mrs Douse for a set of books called 'Dark mouth' earlier on in the academic year and I have seen some fantastic writing from this class in relation to this text. Mrs Darby from our Governing Body joined in the fun in Early Years on Monday whilst Year 2 children began their SATs tests. I was fortunate on Thursday to join Year 3 and 4 on their River Tyne Cruise as part of their next block of work. The weather stayed dry and the Tyne was like a pond making it even more pleasurable. The trip could not have started any more exciting with people waving us off from the Quayside the Gateshead Millennium Bridge began to open and right on cue a helicopter rose up from the Gateshead side of the Tyne, looped around us all twice and then swooped low over the Millennium Bridge. We were assured that had never happened before, it was fantastic. We all learnt some amazing facts and the fresh air certainly made us hungry. I can't wait to see the work the year group now produce. Mrs Douse, myself and Mr Lamb (from the Governing Body) will be trying to resurrect a school / parent fundraising group ready for September. If you are interested in being part of this please leave your name at the office.
Week 3 - ATTENDANCE AT 97% FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW - FANTASTIC. CAN WE MAKE IT A HAT TRICK?
It is a particularly busy and intense week this week for our Year 6 children as they undertake the KS2 SATs test. What is expected of children of this age is quite incredible and we do our best as a school to keep this pressure away from the year 6 children. The rest of school have their part to play as they move quietly around the building. Whilst Rosemary and Lavender have sold out of the shops our very own Mrs Lynch has kept Year 6 supplied with a supply from her own garden. Thanks to Warburton's Bakers who have kindly donated an array of bread products and the children have had waitress service breakfast from the staff. With two further mornings of tests to go I have been proud of how calm and level headed the children have been. They have given their best so far and we cannot ask more than that of them. Well done.
This week as many of our Smart boards begin to fade and break on us we have excitedly had 3 interactive screens fitted in Nursery, Reception and Year 2. We hope some future plans we have for fundraising shall mean we will be able to work on installing these throughout school over the next few years.
On Monday 12th June at 2pm Kidscape the anti-bullying charity that worked with year 5 and 6 pupils will be coming to school to deliver a parent workshop for parents of children in all classes and year groups. The content covers a wide variety of issues that concern children and I am sure you will find this of great interest.
I have seen some great work from Year 1 this week with Read, Write, Inc and the children answering some simple comprehension questions about their reading books. I look forward to more visitors to my office the rest of the week.
Week 2 - YOU DID IT! WE ACHIEVED AN ATTENDANCE OF 97.2% THIS WEEK THE HIGHEST EVER. THANK YOU.
Whilst a shorter week because of the May Bank Holiday it was no less busy in school. It began with Mrs Dalkin and Mr Garrord delivering a whole school assembly about Mathletics and how it can be accessed at home and school. The staff have given it a special focus in their computing lessons this week so that the younger children in school are familiar with how to use it. Mathletics can be ran from a lap top and tablet. The children have their own log in and these shall be distributed to parents shortly. Fidget spinners have been the discussion point amongst the children this week , as a school we have not banned them but explained to children what they were designed for and kept it as a gadget specific for those children who need it. Wednesday it was the Year 6 leavers photograph which turned out to be more eventful that the other class photo shoots. I am sure the children in Year 6 will elaborate if you ask them. On Thursday the school bade a fond farewell to Father Alun from Sugley Church whilst I was at a meeting that day Mrs Sample (Assistant Head) assured me the school tribute to him went well. We would like to thank him not just his work with Waverley as a priest but also the history work that he was so passionate about and the team teaching he did with Year 5 and 6 staff on this topic. I always like to hear of pupil achievements outside of school and as the football season draws to a close presentation evenings and position in league tables are finalised. This pupil was one of many who have either shown trophies in our Friday achiever assembly or have been to see me personally. Congratulations.
Welcome back everyone. Please see latest news section of the website for an update on Broomley Grange Day 1. All is well so far.
Broomley Grange Day 2 - this morning the children are all well and happy.
Broomley Grange Day 2 - I have had a fantastic day up at Broomley today, I joined the children as they were all polishing off their cooked breakfasts before heading out on activities including a climbing wall, 'Jacob's ladder' and crate stacking followed by lunch of sandwiches, home made sausage rolls, crisps, yoghurts and of course birthday cake. It was back outside for zip wire, obstacle course and high wire. Then back in for Sunday dinner now named Thursday dinner. Finishing off with fire lighting, toasted marshmallows and camp fire singing. At 9pm the children went inside for showers before hot chocolate and bed. They were all in good spirits all day and had planned which room the party would be in tonight! However, I think they may be too exhausted. We have lots of photos, too many for the website we will collate them this weekend ready for discs later next week. I'm back in school tomorrow after a terrific day. Read more on latest news. Thanks Children, Staff and Broomley team.
Spring Term Second Half
We have packed so much into this week. It began with year 3 and 4 Ancient Egyptian Performances for Parents. I was fortunate to see the dress rehearsal on Friday and was amazed at how the children have increased in confidence in such a short space of time.
On Tuesday we held our Easter Service at school with Father Alun, which ended with the painted egg award. The standard as always was exceptionally high and this competition remains a firm favourite with the children. Over the years someone has always depicted the head teacher as an egg, so this year I was thrilled to join that 'hall of fame' thanks Sofia!
Later on Tuesday we held our Easter egg raffle prize draw, it was great to see so many winners across all the year groups. That night our Easter Discos took place with Mr Thoburn coming back to DJ for us.
On Wednesday we took part in another Outer West Learning Trust sports competition this time it was Archery. Our final round was by far the best but the scores were still not high enough to move us higher than fourth place, the children did enjoy it despite coming back with no trophies this time.
The children remain as keen as ever to show me their fantastic work this week, from nursery letter formation to reception writing or swimming achievements outside of school. Well Done!
Thank you to you all for your support this term, we look forward to seeing you at Parent Consultation Day on Friday. Have a happy Easter break.
Firstly I would like to apologise to our Nursery parents, I did not make the decision lightly to close Nursery for the children. Over the course of the weekend we had a burst or leak from an upstairs boiler which had brought part of the ceiling down. Water was raining down and we needed industrial driers and an army of staff to clean up.
Can I remind you that it is class photograph day on Wednesday 28th March, we shall be photographing Leavers in Year 6 on another day to be arranged due to the increase in pupil numbers and class sizes across school.
Yesterday we invited the parents of our year 2 children to a meeting about the SATs tests. Miss Clarke has produced an informative sheet to help you support your child with their learning at home. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask (hopefully we will see you all at Parents Consultation Day next Friday).
Today, Mrs Tinning (Chair of Governors), Mr Lamb and Mr Corby (Governors) and I were delighted to join Mrs Dalkin's class who turned the gym into a museum for the afternoon. Many of you joined us and I am sure you will have all been impressed by the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment from the children. They have loved this topic. The class received some very kind donations and they will get to spend this as a class on themselves. Well Done.
Tomorrow during the school day the Nurse is coming to see Year 4 and on the evening we have some children from our Year 1 and 2 multi-skills club at a sports competition at Walbottle Campus so I will let you know how we get on. Is it really only Tuesday?
Waverley is busy as usual and Mrs Miller launched the week with an assembly about Shakespeare. It was Shakespeare week and many of the classes were learning more about him and his work. I was delighted to see some fantastic facts from the Year 1 and 2 children about him. We ended the week with an assembly to celebrate comic relief by wearing red noses. We all talked slightly funny as they pinched our noses.
At the end of last week I had the opportunity to visit Studio West School. This secondary school certainly had the feel of a primary school. Class sizes are relatively small, rooms have a primary classroom look with children's work displayed. The school takes a similar literature works style of delivery to the curriculum as Waverley. The nurture and pastoral care was evident. Being small (the same size as Waverley) every staff member knew every pupil, it certainly had a family feel. All of the core GCSE options were available along with others that have been most popular with the students over time. Business partners were working alongside the school offering both apprenticeship and work experience opportunities for children who already know where their talents lie and what they want to pursue in the future. Two students who want to study medicine were working alongside the University medical school gaining experience. Large banners on one of the corridors give a flavour of the successful careers past students now have of which the staff are immensely proud. Duke of Edinburgh award is standard for every child. This secondary school on our doorstep certainly isn't a school to write off for those of you looking at future options. Children from Waverley move to many feeder secondary schools now and 98% have the school of their choice. The way this school is working may be too advanced for the educational stalwarts of old whilst acclaimed by the DFE it is less popular with Ofsted but with results at GCSE above the National it certainly is worthy of a visit. Next stop I hope to visit the Discovery School so that I have a full picture of what all our local secondary schools can offer you.
It is National Science week this week and as you will see from class web pages (and the very messy uniforms) our children have been experiencing a lot of practical experiments. From gloop with Mr Noble (the carpet being a casualty of this) and lava lamps in Early years, everyone has been having a great time. I can't wait to hear about the famous scientists that each phase has been learning about in our school assembly on Friday.
On a more serious note we have welcomed Kidscape the anti-bullying charity into school. They have ran workshops for our year 5 and 6 children. This has been an extension to our PSHE curriculum. There is further information about this charity on the school website and the support they can offer to children and parents. I sat in on a session and was proud of how seriously the children took this. Four main types of bullying were discussed verbal, physical, emotional and cyber. Children learnt about the difference between bullying and teasing and coping with friendship fall outs. Kidscape have offered the opportunity to school for a one off parent workshop. I shall share more details when I receive a date for this. I think you will find it interesting, thought provoking and will help everyone with practical support should you find your child in this situation.
This week at Waverley our Year 4 and Year 6 children have completed a confidential online survey about their health and wellbeing. The information is collated across the schools in the city who take part and Waverley also receives a school analysis. I hope to use the information from this to further adapt our PSHE curriculum to the needs of our children. Father Allun has returned to year 5 and 6 to work with them on the Anglo Saxons, he has announced to his Parish at Sugley that he will be leaving for a new Parish in Cambridge in May. We will certainly miss him and his input into our History and Religious Studies at Waverley. There has been much fun today in Mrs Miller's Year 3 and 4 maths set with some doughnut maths - delicious. Finally we like to celebrate children from Waverley who achieve outside of school. Last weekend Jake was the under-30kgs gold medal winner for Judo at the North East Grand Prix. Congratulations. Just to finish off the week one of our children had baked a toblerone cheesecake, fantastic Friday!
The school year seems to be flying past and this week we have held our Year 6 SATs test parent information meeting. The first signs of Spring are beginning to show and Mr Roberts has taken the Reception class out on their Forest School adventures. In Year 1 and 2 there has been pancake making, flipping and tasting for Shrove Tuesday. On Wednesday Father Alun visited Year 5 and 6 to deliver religious education lessons on Ash Wednesday. Today has been World Book Day and we have had a huge array of characters, from Pirates walking the plank, to Superheroes keeping school safe to Burglar Bill, we all think he stole the Queen of Hearts jam tarts. As always we have all enjoyed sharing the fantastic costumes from simple to elaborate ideas. Have a look at our class pages to see how much fun we have been having in school or perhaps not if you are in year 3 and 4 with semolina, latin lessons, detention and chilblains this week.
Spring Term First Half
For the final day of this half term we called in the superheroes (see Reception class pages). Mary Berry Leeming gave her final judgement on honey cake for this half term and two older children visited with their French translation.
Robinwood photographs taken by school will be placed onto disc to be purchased for a small price to cover costs as we were all disappointed that cameras were not allowed as of this year.
ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL DAY 2 - We have received no updates from our staff up at Robinwood. All will be well with the children busy on their outdoor pursuits. Home tomorrow we will keep you up to date with arrival time via text alerts.
ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL UPDATE DAY 1 - The children arrived safe and sound up at Alston. The 20 minute hike into the centre went well and the weather conditions were not as poor as we all expected. The children then stopped off for lunch, got bags settled into rooms and then ventured out for their first activity. All was well. Mr Roberts will ring in tomorrow from Robinwood Centre for the next update.
We are always proud to hear of our children's achievements outside of school. Today we had Level 6 gymnastics, 200m swimming certificate and a number of Irish dancing trophies and medals from the weekend. Well Done. I have been teaching up in Year 5 and 6 this afternoon, I was impressed by their knowledge of Durham Cathedral following last weeks visit.
WE CANNOT BELIEVE IT, WE WON! WELL DONE THE SMALL BUT BRILLIANT FENCING TEAM TONIGHT. We are so excited we cannot believe we won overall against so many schools and teams. One of our pupils also received the best player of the tournament. To come away with 2 trophies is amazing. Well Done a treat will be arriving on Thursday.
A week to be proud! This week our Year 5 and 6 children visited Durham Cathedral (see class pages). The feedback from all who saw and were working with the children was positive. Well Done. After school this week our teaching staff have opened up school to their Outer West Learning Trust colleagues. There is a super range of curriculum subjects and an array of work on view as you walk around school. It was the final matches of the Duffy League Season on a freezing cold night and despite a huge effort from the full team we were beaten. Our team took the defeat well demonstrating true sportsmanship. Thank you children and parents who have supported all season. Other things this week: more Ancient Egyptian homework, happy hands, French questions and art work in the style of Antony Gormley.
National Storytelling Week is here. There have been some additional reading opportunities this week. Our older children have been rehearsing and performing stories to orally re-tell to the younger children in the school starting with a story mapping technique building up to a re-tell from memory, I was impressed (no more excuses for forgetting homework and PE kits). Our classes will be taking a turn in the tipi for tipi tales. I have listened to some of our younger children read during a Read, Write, Inc session and a group of Reception children came to show me their initial letter work. Our Year 1 and 2 children have completed some detailed sentences about their pets as part of their topic work. Father Alun worked with Year 3 and 4 and the children produced some heartfelt and moving prayers. Some great programming from year 2 today. Many thanks to Nursery parents who have been supporting their children with some amazing homework, our gallery leading down to the gym is filled with igloos and the rest of school have enjoyed viewing them on their way to assembly, please call in for a look at home time. A few of the Nursery children have risen to the storytelling challenge and completed some shared reading records at home. Well done. We can't wait to finish our storytelling week with a whole school reading swap.
My week began with a morning of lesson observations in our Early Years. The range of experiences that the children were given by staff and the learning environment provided was wonderful. Nursery continued with their Fire and Ice theme and Miss Broderick and team have been so overwhelmed with the response by you all to the igloo task that we now have them displayed in our gallery corridor. Reception children were learning about Chinese New Year with children tasting a range of Chinese foods. Year 3 and 4 have been continuing with their Ancient Egyptian topic. The children have been very enthusiastic and created a wide range of topic related objects and information, these are displayed in classrooms, corridors and will move into our Gallery corridor. Children in Year 1 and 2 have been keen to show me the progress they are making in their maths work. Year 5 and 6 children gave me an on the spot Grammar test and once again I have seen some super pieces of writing. As I have walked around school many children have waved their 'new' pen at me to show they have achieved their pen licence for handwriting. Finally we are always keen to hear about our children outside of school and this young lady won the first FEIS of the new season (no mean feat against tough competition), a future dance star in the making for sure. Congratulations.
Last term our attendance was on the increase. Children love school and want to be here. Thank you for supporting us with making improvements in this area. We are working hard to make our curriculum and learning as diverse and enjoyable as we can.
A school should be a place where wonderful memories are created that stay with you forever. For one lucky group of children in Mrs Sample's Year 5 and 6 maths set this was certainly the case today. I urge you all to visit her class page and see 'Astro' maths in conjunction with the Centre for Life in action! The children were in awe of this giant black inflatable igloo which was in fact a portable planetarium. When stepping inside they appeared to vanish like Dr. Who into his tardis and whilst Mrs Dalkin and I popped along to see this in action the doorway was sealed - very exciting.
Monday morning definitely time for cake, an Ancient Egyptian Honey cake! One of the 20 possible homework projects for year 3 and 4 children to choose from. I look forward to sampling some more - look out Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood the Ancient Egyptian cake bake off is here! This week ended with our Year 3 and 4 pupils completing a Springwatch with the RSPB.
Happy New Year and welcome back. It was lovely to see everyone return after the Christmas break. All of the children were eager to share what they had been doing. We talked about New Year Resolutions today in assembly and many in year 5 and 6 told me of the chores they would be doing to help around the house (paid of course)! Whilst the weather has been kind so far a cold snap is forecast for later in the week. In the event of very bad weather and school closure we would place any closure on the headteacher blog page, the latest news page and the calendar page. We would also send a text alert out which is why it is so important we have up to date mobile telephone numbers. Radio Newcastle would also be informed. Tomorrow the school council will be visiting the Lady Mayor's chambers and the silver room at the Civic Centre in a return invitation from when we hosted the Paralympic torch in the Summer.
The School Council and I had a very interesting morning at the Civic Centre with the Lord Mayor. The children were a credit to the school and we were shown the Silver room and council chambers. We saw the original keys for opening Eldon Square and the Grainger Town (market). We learnt about 'dagger coins' and were amongst the first people to see a new plaque donated by Virgin Trains to commemorate the 800th year of a Lord Mayor of Newcastle. In the council chambers we learnt about the meeting process and the traffic lights used when speaking. We were so proud to be given a badge each to act as her representatives. To celebrate this special year there is an exhibition at Newcastle city library on the 6th floor which runs to the end of January. More historical gifts that have been donated to the city can be viewed. More will follow from the children in the Spring edition of Waverley News.
An exciting end to week 1 with snow! Our Forest school children had great fun (see Mrs McGovern class page) despite the cold and the children were thrilled to keep warm around the camp fire with toasted marsh mallows and hot chocolate as well as gingerbread. There was some interesting nature spotting today and a few enthusiastic visitors arrived at my door with their 'finds'. Year 5/6 came begging this week for a class set of fiction books called 'Darkmouth' and in return I have seen their passion for this text thorugh their enthusiasm to share their knowledge of it so far and the English and art work which it is inspiring. If your child is in Mrs Sample's year 5 and 6 maths group ask them to explain 'BIDMAS' to you. Sometimes achievements whilst small to some children are a giant step for others and the whole school was thrilled that the young man below joined us for his first whole school achievers and I quote "this was the best day in my life ever".
Autumn term Second Half
Whilst it was a shorter working week it was no less busy with a round of parties and carol services. We were all delighted to see Sugley Parish Church full of Parents supporting their children and joining in with our Key Stage 2 Carol Service. The volcano topic rumbled on and we have been so impressed by the work and enthusiasm from year 3 and 4 that we have now displayed these in our Dragon Gallery corridor. Some visitors this week included Year 1 writers and as I look back at their work at the start of the year I am amazed by how much they have progressed. It was lovely that some Reception children used their time to make me a host of personalised Christmas cards. A reminder that children return to school on Monday 9th January. Hoping you all have a peaceful Christmas, see you on the 9th.
Week 7 - quite a long blog this week.
I have posted the pictures from Monday afternoon and Tuesday mornings Year 1 and 2 Christmas performance and this afternoons Reception class nativity on a slideshow under the latest news page of this website. I hope you all enjoyed the performances as much as I did.
Our basketball team worked so hard this evening (Wednesday) with many fast paced and exhausting matches played. We drew a number of our games and came fourth overall in the competition. Great Sportsmanship shown from all. The pupil below was selected as best player for our team and all who competed were invited to join Newcastle Eagles basketball club at our feeder secondary school - Walbottle Campus. Leaflets are available if any other children aged over 7 are interested. Well Done.
Other news so far this week, Father Allan has been into school to make a Christingle (Tuesday) with the Year 5 and 6 children. Mrs Selkirk has been making some decorations with a range of children specially chosen by staff from across school and I was visited by some year 3 and 4 children who have been proud of their volcano project work and waiting to show it to me.
Father Allan returned to school on Friday and delivered a special Christmas 'Nativity' themed assembly to the reception, year 1 and year 2 classes. They asked a lot of interesting questions at the end especially regarding King Herod. Mrs Armitage, her class and parents walked to the local postbox to send a letter they had written to Santa Claus and Mrs Sample took thirty children to sing Carols at the local old peoples home. We have had art in the style of 'Banksy', letters to a pen-pal about ourselves written in French which the children readand a wonderful Christmas Kind list in RE. On Saturday evening many of us attended the Carols and Reading Service at Sugley Church with Father Allan and members of the community. I was extremely proud of how many of you took the time from your busy Saturday evening at this time of year to join us. The readers were fantastic and the singing angelic. Other than all of the above many classes began their Christmas parties. If you can't keep up keep checking the calendar page.
This week we welcomed many of our Early Years parents to their child's Christmas Craft day. It was wonderful to see how many of you came along to cut, stick and glitter. The children created some wonderful crafts my personal favourite being 'Do you want to build a Snowman' a clever spin on Olaf from Frozen. My achiever for this week was quite a large group of children from across school who try to make lunchtime happy and fun for our younger children. Our playground leaders, Reception helpers and buddies. This week I have observed this large group of children talking to, looking after, organising and playing a wide variety of playground games and fun was had by those children who joined in. Many thanks to all of you children.
This week at Waverley...Blue Peter Badges, Gymnastic competitions, Governor/Staff 'speed meeting', Advent assembly with Father Allan, Upper and Lower Key Stage 2 Christmas Crafts, Cupcake sale, sparkly tinsel and bauble fundraising, the arrival of a Christmas tree and a special gift from the children of Cuba Kids club. Finally the dissection of a flower in Science as part of our lesson observations this week. Take a look at the teacher page for your child's class. It has been another busy week with lots more events in the next 3 weeks. Keep checking the calendar for important dates this month. Attendance has improved significantly this week. Many thanks.
There has been the most delightful aroma as I have passed Early Years classrooms this week. Gingerbread men, toast, Christmas puddings. The Reception class pages (Mrs Leadbeater and Miss Anderson) show what fun experiences the children have had as they continue their learning journey. Why was school never like that when I was 5?
It has been wonderful to have excellent feedback from our friends at the Hindu temple, regarding our pupil behaviour, manners and their knowledge about Hinduism. Visit the year 3 and 4 class pages of Mrs McGovern, Mrs Dalkin and Mrs Miller to see our children and their experience of other world faiths.
I have had many pupils visit me to show work where they have excelled their own thoughts and capabilities. I was particularly struck by one boys talented piece of writing, it was gripping and could have been penned by any established author. Speaking of authors I am delighted to inform you that we have a group of children in Year 3 and 4 who are going to have their work published in a book. More news on this to follow in the coming weeks.
Thank you children for your fantastic effort with work, behaviour and friendships. I have a surprise arriving for you all this week.
This week we have had our Achievement partner from the Local Authority observe maths lessons across the school and full feedback shall be given to the Governing Body on the 29th November. Myself and the staff continue to work hard towards a successful outcome for this school community that we are so passionate about and we will continue to put ourselves under rigorous scrutiny. May I ask that as parents you support us by improving attendance and punctuality at school, we will be judged by Ofsted on this matter and currently this aspect of school is at 'Requires Improvement' based upon Government standards.
I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Sample and I have found a suitable replacement to Mrs McGettrick when she commences her maternity leave at the end of December. Once contracts are signed I shall let you know more.
I hope you all saw Waverley school in the Citylife newspaper this month. We feature in the centre pages about a year in the life of the Lady Mayoress following her visit to Waverley with the Paralympic torch in the Summer. She was so impressed with the children that she has invited a group of them to visit her at the Civic Centre in January 2017.
Our football team won both matches on Monday night against St. Marks and St. John Vianney schools. There were some spectacular goals scored. Other highlights this week included Premier Sports staff delivering a special assembly to those children who have achieved their 150 mile certificate. These seven children will be entered into the Golden Mile Hall of Fame. Fundraising continued this week with school filled with Blush and Pudsey Bears for 'Children in Need'.
I have been so proud of the children's response to the Royal British Legion poppy appeal. On Wednesday we had sold out of everything. Our Year 6 children who designed the promotional posters were our sellers for the week and I will be interested to hear in the future what we as a school raised. On Friday we held our two minute silence out on the yard with staff including our caretaking and kitchen teams.
Zoolab visited Year 5 and 6 (see class pages) with a host of creepy crawlies. The giant millipede felt like soft Velcro being pulled over your hand.
I have once again been visited by many of the children with their work. Beautiful Rangoli patterns from year 3 and 4 as part of their Hinduism work. I have seen pupils who were challenged by short multiplication in maths. I particularly enjoyed the clever 'working' volcano that arrived at my office. Genius idea! Year 5 and 6 also arrived with some map work following on from Forest school. Year 1 and 2 made their own firework picture using computer software. A Nessy challenge was completed.
Finally many of you came to view and purchase a wide range of books at our Book Fair. Any money raised will be spent towards Non-fiction texts for the children.
Thank you to all of the Parents who completed the Parent Questionnaire on our Parent Consultation Evenings we had 112 responses. I hope that during the course of this academic year you see our response to the workshops offered. For a breakdown of the questionnaire and the percentage responses, please see the Latest news section of the website.
Although a shorter week due to our teacher training day on Monday it was no less action packed this week. I have seen some great pieces of holiday homework and have particularly enjoyed reading through the Year 6 projects about the Isle of Wight (our Summer residential trip in 2017). Perhaps we will bump into Alan Titchmarsh or Sharon Osbourne. I particularly loved the new Waverley logo in Autumn leaves from a young man in Year 2 (see picture below). There were some detailed diaries about the week from Year 1 and 2 children. We all agreed how much we enjoyed 'Trolls'.
It was Halloween disco time again and the costumes and makeup were absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for supporting this and the huge effort you all went to at home. Apologies about the traffic, I am working on a solution to this for the next time. The Early disco came first for your younger pupils:
In assembly we learnt about firework safety with Tyne and Wear fire brigade. Some curriculum work in Year 1 and 2 was related to bonfire night and the story of the Gunpowder plot. The children made their own firework pictures using a range of mediums.
We ended the week with achievers assembly and had some improvement in our attendance figures (see attendance section of the website for the results, they will be posted there weekly).
Autumn term First Half
The last six weeks have been packed with opportunities and this final week of the first half term was no different. Thank you to so many of you who attended Parents Evening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. A large number of parents completed an annual questionnaire and I am busy collating the results these will be posted on the website soon.
Other events this week included a Dodgeball competition with our fellow Trust schools. It was fierce and fast play. The team fought back from last place to achieve a well deserved second place with Newburn first and Westerhope third. They did this through showing resilience, determination and hope and I was extremely excited and proud of the whole group. Congratulations should also go to one of the pupils who was awarded player of the tournament, as decided by all Premier coaches.
Week 6 - Maths Week
Is it really only Tuesday? I can't believe all the things I have seen or done around school this week so far. Monday morning began with Mrs Dalkin launching our whole school maths week in a special assembly. One of our Year 6 pupils competed against Mrs Sample our maths whizz in a head to head competition. Who won the Dairy Milk? Ask any of the children.
Later that evening it was round 2 of the Duffy League Football Competition and it was an opportunity for the other half of Tuesday evening football club to play. Unfortunately the competition was tough and despite brave tackles, and outstanding defending we suffered heavy losses in both games. Our captain kept us motivated and our spirits were still high. We will be more than ready for round 3 in November. Results:
Waverley 0 West Denton 7
Waverley 0 Knop Law 4
It is always wonderful to get interrupted from my work by children coming proudly to show me their efforts. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the persuasive pieces the children had written about a gadget for a spy and by the end I just wanted the gadget - even though I am not a spy. The lipstick gadget was most interesting and had lots of amazing features but unfortunately for me a key fact was missing, the range of shades it was available in. We did laugh at the colour combinations we then came up with. I'm sure every parent who completes the school run would be interested in the rocket pack, it just needs a side-car so we could drop the children off en-route. Well done children I know your parents will enjoy reading these pieces at our Parents Evening on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October.
Two beautiful parrots popped along and I hear monkeys are coming next...
Week 4 - What a busy Monday
Monday began with having the pleasure of teaching in Reception class. I was so impressed by the children's knowledge of initial letters already. During assembly we presented our newly appointed school councillors with their badges and discovered the reasons they were selected by their peers (see display in the main entrance). We showed the school our new football strip for our Duffy League matches and finally we spoke with a pupil who is passionate about the local Dene. This Year 2 boy is going to work with the whole school and Mr Roberts in his campaign with the council to tidy up and mend Sugley Dene. The day finished for me with matches at our secondary feeder school Walbottle Campus where we commenced our Duffy League campaign. There are 10 teams from the west side of the city competing between now and February. Here are our results:
Match 1 - Waverley v' Westerhope Result 1:1 (draw) Goal scorer for Waverley Aaron
Match 2 - Waverley v' Farne Result 3:1 (loss for Waverley) Goal scorer Owen (with a tremendous goal)
Match 3 - Waverley v' Broadwood Result 5:1 (win for Waverley) Goal scorers (I lost track in the excitement)
We all left in very high spirits. See you all for a Kit-Kat and juice in the morning.
It has been an extremely busy first week for us all. As I have moved around school I have been thrilled to see how bright, eyed, happy and settled the children are. It is as if we have never been off for six weeks. I am so excited to be the new Headteacher of this wonderful school which has seen my own career and roles evolve over the last twenty years.
We were unable in the first week to place anything on the old website due to the launch of this one but hopefully from now you should see regular information appearing on the class pages and on this my blog page.
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils had their first taste of outdoor learning as they harvested our school garden.
A nice juicy reward after all of the hard work.
This week saw our first set of achievers.
Our new homework incentive scheme was launched for years 3/4/5/6. Good luck children 12 weeks of hard work will reap you an individual reward by Christmas.
Congratulations to all of the staff and children who took part in this years Junior and Great North Run. Keep up the Golden Mile running in preparation for next year.
The focus for class, phase and whole school assembly were around school councillors, their role and what would make a good school councillor. Voting took place on Friday with class choices announced during our Friday achievers assembly. Our children are always very astute when making their choices for pupils in these responsible roles. Congratulations to you all. You shall be working closely with Mrs Miller, myself and the Governing Body this academic year.
We were disappointed to hear this week that we were not successful in a Grant application bid that we had to develop the school bushes into an exciting labyrinth for the children to play in, however we will keep pursuing other avenues. This week I have shown a number of people around school from prospective parents to head teachers all of whom have been impressed by what they have seen. This weekend I have bought new football strips ready for our first set of Duffy League Matches which begin on Monday at 4pm at Walbottle Campus. Parents and Governors are more than welcome to come and watch. Many children keep stopping me in the corridor to tell me they have completed their homework for the week, I am excited to see how many children achieve this personal challenge. Fingers crossed completing homework is getting easier for you all. Our Governing Body meet for the first time this term on Tuesday evening so if as parents you have anything you would like addressed please seek out Mr Lamb, Mrs Slater, Mr Corby or send an email to our admin addressed for Angela Tinning (Chair of Governors).